This bill was reintroduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-ME), and Sen. Kelly Avotte (R-NH) as S. 262 in the Senate on January 27, 2015. In the House, the bill was introduced by Rep. John A. Yarmuth (D-KY) as H.R. 1779 on April 14, 2015.
This bill will change the Basic Center Grant Program to include safe shelter to runaway and homeless youth and provide them with services while there, extending the maximum length in for a youth stay from 21 to 30 days. It also revises the Transitional Living Grant to give more services that help youth involved with more long-term programs to help develop basic life skills, including suicide prevention, mental health services, and services to prevent or treat sexual abuse, exploitation, violence, and trafficking in youth. The bill prohibits discrimination and refusal of services on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
PFLAG Talking Points
- Homeless LGBTQ youth need support. This bill will provide necessary services to LGBTQ youth who are either runaways or homeless
- Homeless LGBTQ youth need accessible and culturally competent services. The services provided will be age, gender, culturally, and linguistically relevant, making them more accessible for all youth who are in need of them.
- Homeless LGBTQ youth need up-to-date services and information. The services will be reviewed and updated to make sure that they are being as effective as possible